About Susan Deitz

Susan Deitz

Susan Deitz

Catapulted into single life as a young widow and single parent, Susan Deitz's unusually deep understanding of her new world was about to be born, a course in undependence (her term for the wholeness needed for a full life) unlike any she had known at Smith College. Totally unprepared for life without a mate, her nights were battles with fear and the dreaded what-ifs. But when those tigers retreated, each new dawn found a more confident woman. On her own, living out her singleness, she was using her own judgment to make decisions for her little family -- minor perhaps in the wider world but crucial for her small family. And they proved to be good ones. From those years of life lessons learned the hard way came a lifework and the world of Single File.

The sun of this universe is the syndicated advice column Single File. Featured for two decades by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, the column has been part of Creators Syndicate for a decade.

Susan also:

--Conceived, created and hosted a four-hour radio program on New York City station WMCA.

--Was the singles expert for six years for the Prodigy online service.

--Co-authored (with Robin Moore, who wrote "The French Connection") "Valency Girl," a factional book about her experiences with Charles Revson of the Revlon cosmetic empire.

--Gave seminars in her original curriculum, "The Art of Living Single," as a part-time professor at The New School in New York.

--Designed, created and conducted a national survey of 1,900 people on single sexuality.

--Wrote a second book, "Single File," which was published by St. Martin's Press and was a Joan Kahn book. It went into second printing and a paperback edition.

--Oversees a popular blog for the column on creators.com.

--Is preparing to make her material available as an application on an electronic device.

--Sends readers (free for the asking) parchment copies of her Declaration of Undependence, Sexual Bill of Rights, and Emancipation Proclamation.


Autonomy and Cookies (Part 2) Sep 19, 2018

Now, today, start thinking about how much togetherness you require and how much me time you want — combined in one relationship. The starting point is to look within yourself — you don't want to kid your best buddy, do you? — and co... Read More


Autonomy and Cookies (Part 1) Sep 12, 2018

In my life of reader mail, some letters leave a strong impression because they're food for thought. Right now, I'm recalling a 30-something reader, male by gender, divorced by choice. He was one of 1,900 single men and women who took part in my natio... Read More


Damaged Femininity (Part 1) Sep 05, 2018

Furniture gets nicked. Plates get chipped. But femininity damaged? That was the complaint I was hearing the other day from a man very dear to me — my son, Scott. He was saying that so many women he's meeting are not very feminine. His words ech... Read More